Six Scoring in Double Figures in Loss at Detroit Mercy

Cameron Morse (Photo Courtesy of UDM Athletics Communications)
Cameron Morse (Photo Courtesy of UDM Athletics Communications)

Detroit, Mich. -- Senior Cameron Morse led six Penguins scoring in double figures with 26 points, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 93-91 decision to Detroit Mercy at Calihan Hall on Friday evening.

Morse connected on 10-of-20 from the field and tied a career-high with six 3-pointers while dishing our four assists. Junior Devin Haygood recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Naz Bohannon had a career-high 13 points and career-best 12 rebounds for the Penguins, who fall to 5-13 overall and 3-2 in the Horizon League. Freshman Garrett Covington and junior Tyree Robinson each had 11 points while sophomore Braun Hartfield added 10 points.

Leading the Titans, who improve to 6-13 overall and 2-4 in the league, were Corey Allen and Jermaine Jackson, Jr., with 34 and 32 points, respectively. Allen Jackson combined to make 11 of Detroit Mercy's 12 3-poitners. Allen made six 3s while Jackcon made five.

The Penguins lead for more than 28 minutes and owned a seven-point halftime lead, 41-34. Detroit, which made eight 3-pointers in the second half, opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 43-43 just two minutes into the half.

After nine lead changes over the next 11 minutes, the Penguins pushed their lead to seven, 66-59, at the 7:52 mark after two baskets by Bohannon, a layup by Robinson and a put-back by Hartfield.

The Titans managed to get within, 66-63, after a jumper by Jackson, but Morse hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to pushed the YSU lead back to six, 69-63, at the 6:48 mark.

Detroit Mercy knotted the game at 73-73 with 4:06 to go then went on an 11-3 run over the next three minutes to take an eight-point lead, 84-76, with 1:10 left.

A Morse jumper and a 3-pointer by Hartfield and two more by Morse - his fifth and sixth of the game - got the Penguins within two, 91-89, with nine seconds left, but Jackson hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining to seal the game.

In the first half, the Penguins shot 47.2 percent from the field, made six 3-pointers and led by as many as 11, 20-9, at the 12:03 mark.

The Titans made a 14-3 run to knot the game at 23-23, but Covington sparked a 12-5 YSU run with a pair of 3-pointers to give the Penguins a 35-28 lead with 3:55 left. 

For the game, the Penguins shot 50.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, making 11 from behind the arc. 

The Penguins close out their three-game road trip at first-place Wright State, Monday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m.